Receipt for a Grain Loan
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In the fifth century B.C.E., Egypt’s Elephantine Island was home to Egyptians, Persians, and Jews. This document comes from the archive of a Jewish family whose first language was Aramaic rather than Egyptian. It states that in December 402 B.C.E., Ananiah, son of Haggai, borrowed two monthly rations of grain from Pakhnum, son of Besa, an Aramaean with an Egyptian name. This receipt would have been kept by Pakhnum and returned to Ananiah when he repaid the loan. No interest is charged on the loan, but there is a penalty for failing to repay it on the appointed date.
Papyrus, ink, mud
December, 402 B.C.E.
a: Glass: 14 15/16 x 16 1/4 in. (38 x 41.2 cm)
a: Object: 11 13/16 x 13 3/4 in. (30 x 35 cm)
Mud Seal 47.218.93b: 7/16 x 9/16 in. (1.1 x 1.5 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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Aramaic. Receipt for a Grain Loan, December, 402 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, mud, a: Glass: 14 15/16 x 16 1/4 in. (38 x 41.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 47.218.93a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.218.93_transp5427_SL3.jpg)
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